San Diego Tiger Cubs Show First Teeth (Photo)

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Two female Sumatran tiger cubs at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park showed off their newly emerging teeth last week, the zoo said in a caption released with this photo.

Born on October 5, the cubs are being desensitized to the human touch in anticipation of vaccines or other necessary veterinary care, the zoo added. “It also allows keepers to check if the cubs are teething. Keepers discovered the cubs’ canines are now emerging. The cubs are described as clumsy on their feet. Keepers expect them to be more agile and be ready to explore the outdoors in mid-January,” the zoo said.

Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species, with only about 400 cats left worldwide, according to the zoo, which is home to seven Sumatran tigers.

For more information visit sandiegozoo.org/tigers.

Photo taken Nov. 5, 2010, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

For photos and more about tigers and other big cats threatened in the wild, visit the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative.

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